Ingrow Bridge Appeal

The railway is now over 150 years old with much of the infrastructure dating back to the earliest days of the KWVR in the nineteenth century. As you would expect, some of the Railway’s structures are succumbing to the passage of time and one such is Bridge 11, the first bridge your train crosses after leaving Ingrow Tunnel. As a result, we really need your help to the finance its replacement.

Bridge 11 at Ingrow is a major bridge dating back to the 1800’s. It’s now coming to the end of its useful life and needs replacing at a cost of £120,000 – as a charity this is a huge amount for us to find. Work is underway on the concrete beams, and this week they have been inspected at the maker’s works. The beams will be lifted in place by road crane and with the help of Bahamas Loco Society, a 50 ton steam crane in Spring 2020, we’ll keep you updated with our progress.

To find out more about the Ingrow Bridge Appeal or to make a donation, please visit the KWVR website

Flying Scotsman Update

Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd April



‘Flying Scotsman’ will now be on display at Ingrow on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd April only. The locomotive will be hauling passenger services on the second weekend due to unexpectedly high demand for tickets for the weekday service resulting in us now increasing the number of days in passenger service.

Flying Scotsman will be in steam and on display at Ingrow West between 09.00 and 18.00. Entry to Ingrow yard will require a special day ticket to be purchased and will include unlimited travel on our steam trains between Oxenhope and Keighley.

Tickets for travel should be purchased on the day and will include viewing the locomotive from the public area and entry to the Museum of Rail Travel and Ingrow Loco Museum. Passenger services behind our own steam locomotives will operate every hour from 08.30 – 18.30.

Please note advance booking is NOT necessary to come and see Flying Scotsman whilst on static display at Ingrow..

Tickets for travel and entry to the Ingrow West site on the day will be as follows:

  • £20 Adults.
  • £17 concessions (Senior citizens, and KWVRPS Members).
  • £10 children 5-15.

There will be a bar on site in the yard serving hot and cold drinks as well as alcoholic beverages and refreshments will be available on both days.


Ingrow Station and the Ingrow Yard area will only be accessible by taking a train from one of the other KWVR Stations and alighting at Ingrow West. The car park will be closed on both these days and pedestrian access is suspended for the weekend.

Car Parking

Visitors, not arriving on the Railway at Keighley, are advised to either park at Oxenhope, where there is free parking in the station area and an overflow car park a short walk away, or we are operating a free park and ride scheme at Penistone Hill to Oxenhope which will be clearly signed, just follow the AA signs that will be in place over the weekend.

“Flying Scotsman Experience”

The “Flying Scotsman Experience” allows access to the locomotive itself and includes a 15 minute interpretive talk about the loco followed by a walk through the cab and, if you so wish, the tender, following in the footsteps of generations of enginemen who passed through on their journey at speed from Kings Cross to Edinburgh.

Tickets for the “Experience” will cost an additional £10 per person and will be sold for specific time slots at 20 minute intervals between 09.00 and 17.40. Tickets will be available in advance and go on sale from 1st February by phone to our Haworth office on 01535 645214.

Monday 3rd – Sunday 9th April


The initial ‘Flying Scotsman event envisaged 5 days of running throughout the week with the locomotive on static display at Ingrow West, at the weekends. Due to unexpectedly high demand we added extra trains to the midweek service but now with all the Pullman seats sold and virtually all the standard class seats,  we are pleased to announce we are now running ‘Flying Scotsman’ on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th April.

Both first class Pullman and standard class seats are now available on both days with 5 trains per day.

‘Flying Scotsman’ will be hauling passenger trains between Keighley and Oxenhope each day. This is YOUR chance to ride behind Flying Scotsman!

‘Flying Scotsman’ will haul your train from Keighley to Oxenhope and one of our resident steam locomotives will take the train, with Flying Scotsman on the rear, from Oxenhope to Keighley.

Tickets MUST be purchased in advance and will be valid for one round trip only (journey time around 70 minutes) from either Haworth or Oxenhope. Your advance ticket will also allow unlimited travel on our other steam train running on the same date, so you can make a day visit to the railway if you wish.

  • £20 Adult (no concessions).
  • £10 child (young children who do not require a seat can travel free of charge).

Each day one of our two Pullmans coaches, Mary or Ann, built in 1930 as a pair for the Southern Railway ‘Bournemouth Belle’ service, will be attached to every train. Complimentary hot drinks and croissants (morning departures) and  cream teas (afternoon) will be served. A premium fare for luxury travel in the Pullmans will apply.

  • £39 first class Pullman.

To book YOUR ticket to travel behind Flying Scotsman, go to our ON-LINE booking form >>>

Heritage Open Days

The Bahamas Locomotive Society and the Vintage Carriages Trust will be fully participating in the Heritage Open Days this September, and RAIL STORY will be fully open, with free access and tours of the Locomotive Shed, Carriage Works, Ingrow station and the Learning Coach over all four days.

A locomotive will be in steam in Ingrow Yard on at least one of the Open Days. Visitors will have access to ‘behind the scenes’ tours of the various locations at Ingrow, and there will also be activities for youngsters.

This will be one of the major West Yorkshire Heritage Open Day events and will be a first for the KWVR, who are one of the relatively few heritage railways participating.

Opening Times

  • Thursday 8 September: 11:00-16:00
  • Friday 9 September: 11:00-16:00
  • Saturday 10 September: 11:00-16:00
  • Sunday 11 September: 11:00-16:00

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional information

Max 12 people per tour/session.


For more information on this and other venues visit the Heritage Open Days website

Ingrow Bridge Restriction Removed

It is almost 12 months ago that weight restrictions were imposed on the Ingrow river bridge preventing locomotives leaving and arriving on the Railway, therefore disrupting plans for Galas and, in turn, preventing our locomotives visiting other railways. The situation was made worse during the Boxing Day flooding of Haworth Yard, when flood waters undermined the bridge outside Haworth Station so cutting off our only other route, albeit this “escape” could only be used by our smaller locomotives (In the photograph, USA 0-6-0T 30072, leaving for pastures new, is one of the last departures before the closure of the Haworth river bridge.) 30072-150924'1-SH

However, the Railway has received some excellent news from the Principal Engineer in the Highways Structures Unit at Bradford MDC. The Council have completed their assessment of Ingrow River Bridge (on the road just outside the station) and assessed its capacity as being ‘SV120’ – i.e. 120 tonnes gross vehicle weight.

As a result we are delighted to announce, with a great degree of relief, that “movement of heavy railway engines over Ingrow River Bridge may now resume.” The Railway would like to express thanks to all concerned for their perseverance and patience with this and are grateful to Bradford MDC’s engineers for bringing this to a successful conclusion.

In anticipation of the questions that will now be on everyone’s mind, we cannot, at this stage, advise on any dates for locomotive or rolling stock movements into or out of Ingrow and announcements will be made in due course when any movements are finalised.

KWVR marks 60 years since closure of the GN line.

In a year of anniversaries, there is one that precedes the current preservation movement by 10 years – the closure to passengers of the Great Northern route to Bradford and Halifax via Queensbury 60 years ago.

Editor of the Facebook Page, The Queensbury Lines, Mark Neale, is the organiser of an exhibition to mark this significant event and sends this contribution to the KWVR website.

In one of the very first issues of the Worth Valley Railway magazine  `Push & Pull` the late Bob Cryer described the former GN line from Keighley to Bradford and Halifax via Queensbury as a “remarkable railway”.

Ingrow East

Ingrow East looking towards Queensbury

In May 2015 it is 60 years since this “remarkable railway” carried its last regular passenger and this is going to be marked in several significant ways in the locality. In the 1980s I was part of a small group who together with Bob investigated the possibility of buying Thornton viaduct for £1, but we realised that purchasing it was only a small part of the story, as any liabilities for its maintenance etc would have come with the sale.

Slowly over the years the GN line has reverted back to nature, with trees and undergrowth taking over much of the route, and in the inner city Bradford district much of it has been built on. However it has never really been forgotten and has gained an almost ‘cult’ appeal to some enthusiasts.


Great Northern Junction with a Worth Valley Push & Pull set heading for Keighley

The Facebook page has attracted a lot of interest much of it from outside the Bradford area and even overseas. It has attracted 500 ‘Likes’ and is regularly accessed by people from the Bradford, Keighley, and Halifax area, but also from people in Italy, USA, and even Thailand. It is designed so that people can contribute long forgotten images or stories about the line so that they are not lost forever.

I have run a few small exhibitions in Clayton and Queensbury libraries some years ago which prompted local people to bring forward some valuable material, but as 2015 is 60 years since the last passenger train ran, I decided to try and mark the anniversary with a bigger event.

Saturday 23rd May – until Autumn 2015

Saturday 23rd May, 11.00, will see the opening of an exhibition in the Museum of Rail Transport at Ingrow station which will run for approximately 6 months.

Ingrow East station staff c.1948

Ingrow East station staff c.1948

The line was built by Benton & Woodiwiss, a major railway contractor in the Victorian heyday of railway construction, and the company moved into this area when their contract on the Settle-Carlisle line finished. Two descendants of Woodiwiss are going to be at the formal launch of the exhibition having travelled up from Devon and London for the event. They have never met before!!

The exhibition hosted by the Vintage Carriage Trust will feature many artifacts from the line including a marked chain stamped with Benton & Woodiwiss used to survey the line during construction. In addition the two GN coaches from the VCT collection will be near to the exhibition within the museum showing typical examples of the kind of rolling stock used on the line during its early days. They may have even travelled over the route.

To further mark the anniversary, Worth Valley trains will carry a replica headboard `The Economist` as carried by the GN trains on the final day, 23rd May 1955. This was made by the station master at Thornton, Bernard Whittaker who at the time was the youngest station master in the country. This was a reference to the supposed £40k per annum that the line was said to be losing and one of the reasons given for its closure to passengers.

Nowadays part of the route (Cullingworth to Wilsden and Queensbury to Thornton, both including the viaducts at Thornton and Hewenden) are part of the expanding Sustrans managed cycleway and footpath. The Great Northern Railway Trail has become a valuable resource in the area. There are even proposals to extend the  route through the lengthy Queensbury tunnel.

In the Ingrow area, Ingrow East station is unrecognisable as a builders yard, adjacent to the KWVR Ingrow West station whilst at GN Junction the base of the signal box is still discernible from the train.

National Science Week – Ingrow, Saturday, 21st March 2015

In partnership with Bradford Museums and Galleries and the University of Bradford

Saturday 21 March – 11am to 4.30pm

Step back in time and explore the science behind the steam locomotive with some fun activities and experiments with our expert scientists. Parking is plentiful or park at one of our other stations and take the steam train to Ingrow (West) that will be in operation all day.

Booking for this event is essential.

Contact : Deborah Cross
by email at:
by telephone: 07825 632 123

Ingrow Model Railway Show, Details

This Sunday, 15th February, The Museum of Rail Travel at Ingrow Station is holding its first model railway exhibition. Model Railway Societies from around the district will be coming together to show their best creations and demonstrate their model railways layouts in action.

The exhibitors confirmed are:

  • Keighley Model Engineering Society – Class 08 loco, Class 50, Metropolitan Vickers loco, Y4 locomotive, Hunslet locomotive, Mixed goods wag0ns, Garden Railway locomotive and trucks.
  • Halifax Model Railway Club – Rosehill layout, ‘N’ Gauge
  • Bradford Model Engineering Society – Static display with some models running on air
  • Huddersfield Railway Modellers – Model of clubroom or operating quarry layout.
  • Keighley Model Railway Club – Cleggworth. This layout is based on the track plan of Holmfirth station and is named after “Cleggy” from the TV programme “Last of the Summer Wine”. The layout was rescued from Bolton MRC as the club was having to close. Since acquiring the layout the Keighley group have improved the scenery and added a few locals from Nora Batty sorting out Compo, Cleggy and Foggy on the steps of her house. Whilst Pearl, Ivy and the ladies look for Marina and Howard who are hiding in the bushes along with other characters from the series.
    In addition the KMRC will be bring along their layout of Oxenhope which is in the course of contruction.
  • Ian Dobson – Battery Powered Tri-ang Big Big Trains and associated systems.
  • Bill Black – ‘0’ Gauge Tin Plate Models of Engines, Coaches and Wagons.
  • Richard Ashworth – Garden Railway Model

0-6-0ST ‘Sir Berkeley’ will be in steam and in addition to the model railway layouts will giving break van rides in Ingrow Yard, making for a fun day out for all ages.

Come along and support this new initiative, the event is FREE and will be open 11am until 4pm. We look forward to welcoming you to this new event for the Railway.

(Featured image for illustration purposes only, not at show.)

Ingrow Model Railway Show, 15th February 2015

Come down to The Museum of Rail Travel at Ingrow Station and see the wonderful model railways of Yorkshire. Model Railway Societies from around the district will be coming together to show their best creations and demonstrate their model railways layouts in action.

In addition to the model railway layouts there will also be the opportunity to experience a break van ride in Ingrow Yard, making for a fun day out for all ages.

This event is free and will be open 11am until 4pm. We look forward to welcoming you to this new event for the Railway.

Christmas at Ingrow West, Sunday 7th December

When you are visiting the Railway with your children or grandchildren to ride on one of our Santa Specials on the 7th December or you are in the area on the day, then come along to Ingrow Station and the children can still join in the activities.

For details and information, click HERE to visit the Christmas at Ingrow  page on the main website.

Ingrow bench thieves in custody

It is with the greatest pleasure that we can advise readers that the police have contacted the Railway to say that they have recovered all the bench stantions and, after one week on the run, three men are now in custody “helping them with their enquiries”. In addition their vehicle has been seized, so it will not be making any more collections for some time to come.

Theft of Ingrow Benches

At 7.20 on Thursday evening,3rd April, a three man team of thieves wearing high visibility jackets stole 6 metal and wood benches (similar to the one illustrated at Oxenhope), worth about £500 each, from Ingrow station yard and platform. CCTV footage shows the men arriving in a white Mercedes Sprinter van, missing its front numberplate, and wearing high visibility jackets, suggesting that they were there on legitimate business. As such they probably did not arise suspicion from passers-by.

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